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Old 11-02-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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Fluorescent Backlit Box


I want to make a few of these similar things in different sizes. It will be for a Rec. room/man cave, and have my name on there, along with some brand names and posters. Some ranging from 1ft to 3ft.

I wanted to build I guess a wooden box, and have fluorescent tubes inside, with a cover over it (one of those troffer lenses) and then the poster, or a letter cutout.

I am familiar with basic electrical, and wired a few ballasts before. Is it as simple as mounting the ballast, and lamps inside to make sure they are lined up. I guess they don't generate much heat to be considered dangerous?

Back Info: I will put a grounded cord on there, and have them hanging on a wall with posters, and some with letter cutouts.
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You are not allowed to build your own fixtures.

410.6 Listing Required. All luminaires and lampholders
shall be listed.

Build your box thing and mount listed fixtures inside.
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So, I install a fixture inside the box? I will use these I guess.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_163705-337-S...%7C0&facetInfo=

I will be needing 2-3 fixtures per box, so, I can connect them together inside one of the fixtures so they run off of one grounded 15ft cord?
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FYI - All electrical gizmos create heat. Some more than others, but heat can build up. That is why pretty much everything electrical or electronic has vent holes. Some things need fans there is so much heat.
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So, I install a fixture inside the box? I will use these I guess.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_163705-337-SNF-120-LTS-120V-U_4294856999_4294937087_?productId=3181897&Ns=p_pr oduct_price|0&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Utility%2BFluo rescent%2BLighting_4294856999_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp _product_price%7C0&facetInfo=

I will be needing 2-3 fixtures per box, so, I can connect them together inside one of the fixtures so they run off of one grounded 15ft cord?
Yes you can use that fixture, I would look for a T-8. Use a chase nipple at the butted ends.

Run single strand through them for connections to the ballasts and then the supply cord.

All fixtures must be grounded.

As noted above, ventilation is needed.
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Why not use led's? No worries about heat or replacing bulbs

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Some vents are reccomended,
Put one or two small vents at the top,
And also two small vents at bottom,
This way heat can naturally rise and flow out.
All lights generate some heat, even floro's,
They will make a lot less heat than incandesant,
But to say no heat is wrong.

Floros are the way to go.
But must still have some vents.
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